The acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) is a curious beast/It uses its snout for an acorn feast./The squirrels all hate it ’cause the beast is rude/For its larvae horn in on the squirrels’ food.
Photo from @TGIQ’s (‘TheGeekInQuestion) Twitter feed. The bug (remember, not a true bug) looks like it’s having a good ol’ time stomping to cowboy music.
[EDIT from Matthew Cobb: TheGeekInQuestion is really Crystal Ernst, a PhD student at McGill University in Canada. She has a blog and a website where she shows her photos, with the foot-stomping weevil on the masthead. There’s some great advice there for how to take macro photos of vertebrates. She also has some amazing photos of hairworms in various beetles which are just mind-bogglingly gruesome. I sent a video of a hairworm coming out of a mantis butt that Crystal posted, but Jerry refused to put it up here saying it was too horrible…]
A cool National Geographic video of the feeding and oviposition behavior of the acorn weevil is here. Do watch it! The larvae can take three days to emerge from the acorn. The narrative is a bit corny, but the video is great.
h/t: Matthew Cobb